Australian Shepherds are strong, working-breed dogs, originally developed on ranches in the Western United States during the 19th century. They are full of high energy, very intelligent, and love to play. These traits make them successful as guide dogs, hearing dogs, assistance dogs, police dogs, and in search and rescue work. Their medium length coat come in a variety of patterns, markings, and colors. As natural born herders, Australian Shepherds love to nip at the heels to keep people moving, but they have high trainability and obedience. These loyal and obedient dogs do well competing in dog agility, or another activity to stimulate the mind.
Common Health Conditions
- Without something to amuse them, Aussies can exhibit destructive behaviors such as chewing, restlessness, or anxiety.
- If your dog has a compromised immune system, however, they can develop demodectic mange. This disorder can be localized, occurring as patches of red, scaly, skin with hair loss on the head, neck and forelegs.
- Some breeds of dogs like Australian Shepherds are more at risk of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), immune-mediated disease in which a dog's immune system begins to attack their own tissue.